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Feb 21, 2020 - Suez Canal

So we left Israel and during the night started our transition through the Suez Canal. We’ve been through the Panama Canal a number of times, but this trip through the Suez is a first for us. Unlike the Panama Canal, which was built with “locks” to help the ships meet the oncoming waters by raising or lowing the ships as needed, the Suez Canal is a sea-level waterway. It is located in Egypt and connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea through the Isthmus of Suez. It was constructed by the Suez Canal Company between 1859 and 1869,...

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May 15, 2019 - Through the Suez Canal, Egypt

Tuesday 14th May 2019 Day 18 Aqaba Jordan to Suez Up late today after our exertions yesterday, late breakfast then we listened to a lecture about our next to last port, Split in Croatia, lunch then a relaxing afternoon reading, another Italian lesson then a very energetic song and dance show, dinner then bed. Wednesday 15th May 2019 Day 19 Suez Canal Transit and into the Mediterranean Today we were up at around 7:30am for an early breakfast as we had already commenced our transit of the Suez Canal from south to north. As we sat in the...

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Apr 26, 2019 - Feels like home!

We have come through the canal and are in the Red Sea. It was spectacular. Huge sand dunes on one side and small towns, crops, homes on the other. It was nothing like the parts we have seen of Egypt in the past. The weather is in the mid 80’s and it feels like home. D has watched the boat traffic all day. Huge container ships to small fishing boats. We saw schools of small dolphins, the water is teal blue and so clean. Tomorrow we will be in Aqaba, Jordan. Our shore trip is the Wadi Rum national park. Petra is another choice which I would...

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Apr 25, 2019 - Just the Facts

Facts: The Suez Canal was officially completed in 1869. It ‘s 101 miles long and 984 feet wide. Today the Suez Canal is operated by the Sues Canal Authority. The Canal it’s self begins at The Mediterranean Sea at Point Said, flows through Ismailia in Egypt, and ends at Suez on the Gulf of Suez. It also has a railroad running the entire length parallel to its West Bank. The canal can accommodate ships with a vertical height (draft) of 62 feet or 210,000 dead weight tons. Most of the Suez is not wide enough for two ships to pass side by side....

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Apr 25, 2019 - Dear Spectrum of the Seas Guest

It is 5pm here and we will enter the Suez Canal in 6 hours. We received this letter from the Captain. Dear Spectrum of the Seas Guest, To keep you fully informed, I’d like to share some precautionary measures we will be taking while cruising the Gulf of Aden. As you may be aware , this area has seen pirate activity in the past. Please know, we have cruised the gulf many times without incident. And we expect this time to be our experience, too. 1. From April 28 to May 2, we will have look-outs around the ship. 2. Our upper decks will remain...

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Apr 24, 2019 - Coffee, Vegemite, and Las Vegas a Float

In the morning a ribbon of light appears like a florescent light bulb above the black out curtains. Daylight comes about 6:15am. There is a hot pot that boils water in our room and two coffee cups. The ship supplies 10 different kinds tea bags but no coffee. In Greece we bought Nescafé Classic. The label said “ Doppio Filtro, Gusto Intenso” translated “Duel Filter, intense flavor” Turns out it is so intense it will make your hair stand on end if you use the recommended amount of 2 teaspoons. Holy Caffeine! Your eyes dilate and you feel...

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Apr 20, 2018 - Suez Canal, a ditch in the Desert Sand

After three long days of adventure, time to take a break as we traverse the Suez Canal. Other had told us it would be boring. As we approach the entrance at 5 AM, the sun is just rising and, there is nothing but sand and a couple of buoys. Mel and I are both wiped out and fighting illness, so it’s a good day to take a break. Napping with an occasional look out the cabin window to check progress. Basically, the Suez Canal is a ditch dug out of the sand. Also, most of it is one way, so we are going through as part of a convoy of ships with...

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Apr 20, 2018 - Suez Canal

History: An engineering marvel, the Suez Canal was completed in 1869 after ten years of construction. The sea level, single lane waterway has no locks, and only two lakes allow north and south bound ships to pass each other. Ballad Bypass and Great Bitter Lake. The landscape is stark desert sands and an occasional giant mound of sand appear along the banks. Small patches of swaying palms are fed by canal water. Great experience look at the pictures.

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Apr 13, 2016 - The Suez Canal

Although the journey map depicts our progress in straight lines across land we were actually on a cruise ship and traveled exclusively on the water. Leaving Aqaba we sailed back down and out of the Gulf of Aqaba and into and north thru the Gulf of Suez arriving at the entry to the Suez Canal as we blissfully slept. We began our transit of the Canal at daybreak as part of a 6 or 8 ship convoy that was about that long; about a mile between ships. The 120 mile journey took about 14 hours and about 1/3 of the way Bitter Lake comprises part of...

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Apr 20, 2014 - Suez canal

After leaving Aqaba on Good Friday evening we sailed south through the Gulf of Aqaba and then turned north into the Gulf of Suez. Sometime in the early hours of Easter Sunday we entered the Suez Canal. The canal has no locks, unlike the Panama Canal, as the Gulf of Suez and the Mediterranean where we exit are at the same sea level. I had done this trip back in 1959 as a saloon steward on the P.O liner Oronsay. This was after the British and French had invaded the Suez area and later Egypt Nationalized it. There is, of course, still trouble...

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Apr 5, 2010 - Sharm el Sheik - Egypt

Monday 5th April Day 86 Arrived in Sharm El-Sheikh in glorious sunshine, with an even earlier tour of 7.30pm, we had our breakfast as the captain navigated the berth. On the dockside was a variety of transport to take the Arcadian passengers on different tours. We were soon on our way through lots of check points, where armed guards told you with their body language and hand signals, not to take photographs. (See pic) We drove in convoy through the most amazing scenery, desert yes, the colour of the mountains is hard to describe. The...

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Apr 21, 2009 - Suez Canal

Today our ship is transiting the Suez Canal. We received a letter from Capt. Kent last night inviting us to the Bridge anytime after 0800 for the transit. In 35 years at sea, this will be only his second time to pass through the canal. We were really excited to be invited up. Before heading up, we ordered breakfast in the room and the three of us watched from the balcony and read some entries from Wikipedia on the canal. As the ship entered the Bitter Lakes area we went on up. The pilot was there giving the instructions on speed and heading...

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